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I am a semi retired horse professional with very nice facility .
We live rural and have cows, chickens, pigs, dogs, cats and of course horses. This property has been in my husbands family for generations. He has both experience with crop farming and raising livestock. We are currently renting out most of our farm land. He owns and runs a businesses that is connected to raising live stock.
Over the years I have taught many people horse-back riding and horse husbandry. I have a life long back ground in training and competing with horses in dressage. I embrace natural horsemanship, and maintain my own horses feet as a barefoot trimmer.
I am Dutch and my husband is American.
We both enjoy meeting new people and sharing knowledge and experiences. you will live in our home and be part of the family.
Our area is part of the 'grain belt'. Our views are over crop fields, not houses and businesses. We live very rural. Living like this is different from living in town. We deal with all the aspects of growing food for the world population. Relying on your environment and the weather every day. The challenges and benefits. Being a farmer is different in every country.
Of course you will learn about horses, about training and care.
We are looking for someone to help with normal day to day life on a farm. The perfect person loves animals in general, and has the desire to gain more horse knowledge and experience from this opportunity. Everything is small scale. Just a few horses, dogs, cats, cows, chickens and pigs. The necessary work load is not heavy but the time to explore and have fun is endless. You will help handle, feed and clean with an opportunity to learn how to ride.
One person can easily handle what needs to be done. We can accommodate 2 if it happens to work out that way.
If you really want to connect to a horse, it won't happen overnight. That is why require a 3 month minimum stay. Learning more about horses takes time. If you already are an experienced horse person we can discuss a different time frame.
English, Dutch, some German
You will be staying with us in our home on the farm. You will have a bedroom and private bathroom (it does have a washer and dryer that I use). We have WIFI, Netflix and satellite TV. You will have a TV in your room, but you can use the one in the family room or living room too. We provide evening dinner, and you will have access to the kitchen to make breakfast and lunch. I will try to accommodate preferences in food as much as possible. Make sure to mention special needs. This is a no smoking household.
We enjoy interacting with other people. We don't mind a new person living in our house. We do expect you to be respectful to us, our belongings and kind to our animals. You will be expected to clean up after yourself. There will be down time. You will be invited to do things with us. Like going shopping, dinner, movie, fairs, parties family gatherings etc. when possible. But you should be able to entertain yourself as well. Minnesota is not know for its tourism. If there is something you want to do or see we try to accommodate.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
(max 25 hours) -Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week